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Hitting the high notes

With undergraduate degrees in
American history and computer sci-
ence, University Professor Charles
Garrett said he never thought he
would end up teaching music.
After receiving his degrees from
Columbia University, Garrett began
workingthere as a "computer person"
- doing things like wiring residential
halls for computer networking while
also taking classes onthe side, includ-
ing some music courses.
Garrett said the classes sparked his
interest, leading him to earn a third
degree - this time in music - and go
on to receive his Ph.D. from the Uni-
versity of California, Los Angeles in
"I couldn't have predicted this is
the way things would turn out, but
I'm happy the way they turned out,"
Garrett said.
As a University faculty member
since early 2004, Garrett teaches
introductory classical, modern and

popular music courses as well as jazz
history courses and varying graduate
and undergraduate seminars. With
such a variety of classes, Garrett
added, he's found that there are end-
less teaching methods.
"I haven't found one way to teach,"
Garrett explained. "I've definitely
been influenced by my own teachers
in terms of how they engage with stu-
dents and in terms of treating music
as an important source of knowl-
Garrett's classes vary from tradi-
tional, discussion-based seminars to
extremely large lecture-based class-
es. In addition to having the ability
to do research and teach at the same
time, Garret said he appreciates that
the University places a high value on
"Ilike havingthatcombo of having
the music school within a larger Uni-
versity," he said.
Garrett added that he appreciates

the University's abundance of oppor-
tunities to get involved in musical
life, especially for undergraduates.
Garrett doesn't limit his own life
to strictly classes, either. He said he
is the editor in chief for "The Grove
Dictionary of American Music." He
is currently working on a 4.5 million
word second edition, which will also
be available online when completed.
Garrett has already written an
Irving Lowens award-winning book,
"Struggling to Define a Nation: Amer-
ican Music and the Twentieth Cen-
tury," and is currently outlining ideas
for his newest book, which he says
will be about humor and music. Gar-
rett said he is tackling this twist on
music with no previous background
in comedy.
"It's a topic I think is interest-
ing and popular and widespread but
there hasn't been very much scholar-
ship on the subject," he said.

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Candy thief
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN:Monday at11:15 a.m.
WHAT: A male subject was
discovered stealing candy
from the Michigan Union,
University Police reported. He
was arrested on an outstand-
ing fraud warrant from Liv-
ingston County.
Pot in the parking
WHERE:South Forest parking
WHEN: Monday at abouto:40
WHAT: A male unaffili-
ated with the University was
arrested for smoking mari-
juana in the parking structure,
University Police reported.
Love Crime Notes? Get more online at mi

Baby clothes'
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN:Monday at about2:40
WHAT: An unknown subject
stole baby clothes from the
hospital gift shop, University
Police reported. The clothes
were valued at $32. There are
no suspects.
WHERE:Geddes Bus Shelter
WHEN: Tuesday at about1:20
WHAT: A female student was
arrested for minor in pos-
session after passing out on a
University bus early Tuesday
morning, University Police
reported. The bus driver
placed the initial call to Uni-
versity police.
ichigandaily.com/blogs/the wire

WHAT: The interactive
production 'Susurrus: A
Fire Exit Production' is a
contemporary reinterpre-
tation of Shakespeare's A
Midsummer Night's Dream.
WHO: Written and
directed by David Leddy
WHEN: Today from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Matthaei
Botanical Gardens

Career expo
WHAT: The Fall Career
Expo will educate stu-
dents about internship
and job opportunities
and connect them with
potential employers.
WHO : The Career Center
and the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs
WHEN: Today from
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union

Orchestra Lecture on the
performance Weather
WHAT: A multimedia
WHAT: The perfor- stage presentation based
mance will feature Joseph on works by Henry David
Haydn's Symphony No. Thoreau by John Cage.
89 and Alexander Boro- The show involves speech,
din's Symphony No. 2. lighting, music, a weather
WHO: The Univer- soundscape and film.
sity Philharmonia WHO: Institute for
Orchestra, conducted by Humanities
Christopher James Lees WHEN: Today at 9 a.m.
WHEN: Today at 8:00 p.m. WHERE: The gal-
WHERE: Hill Auditorium lery of 202S. Thayer

At the Commonwealth
Games in New Delhi, India,
which begin today, 38 pri-
mates called langurs will be
used to keep the vast monkey
population in the city under
control, according to AOL
The number of married
people over the age of 18
in America fell from 57
percent in2000 to 52 percentin
2009, according to The Associ-
ated Press. Researchers believe
the fall in marriage numbers is
linked to the recession.
The Department of Jus-
tice discovered that 200
FBI agents cheated on an
exam concerning new domes-
tic investigation guidelines,
BBC News reported. Suspicions
were raised when 200 people
passed the two-hour test in.
under 20 minutes.

service at that level," she said.
BUDGET Wilbanks wrote that moving
From Page 1A forward her office will continue to
consistently lobby legislators "to
million dollar deficit. maximize any opportunities we
But despite the decrease in fund- can with respect to higher educa-
ing, Cynthia Wilbanks, the Univer- tion funding."
sity's vice president for government "From the beginning to the end,
relations, wrote in an e-mail inter- we are actively involved in talking
view Tuesday that the University to the state legislators most directly
has taken necessary steps in prepa- involved in the higher education
ration for the decreased appropria- budget,"Wilbanks wrote.
tions. While the state appropriations to
"As we have done for the last higher education will probably be
several years, the Board of Regents decreased overall for the 2011 fis-
adopted a University budget back cal year, the amount of money for
in June," Wilbanks wrote. "At that scholarships increased over those
time we contemplated a possible funds in the currentbudget.
reduction from the state for fiscal Bauer said legislators took spe-
year'11." cial consideration to renew the
University officials were cau- state's commitment to help students
tious in drawing up the budget for fund their education through an
the next fiscal year because they increase in scholarship money and
speculated that there would be cuts financial aid. Lawmakers included
to higher education appropriations, about $100 million in scholarship
Wilbanks wrote. and financial aid appropriations in
"It was based on what we knew the 2011 fiscal year budget, accord-
at the time, and we felt it was a solid ing to Bauer.
position to take, given that there "What we were able to do in
was still uncertainty as to how the this budget was to increase overall
eventual budget decisions would be financial aid by about 10 percent,"
made,"Wilbanks wrote. she said.
Wilbanks added that the state This boost in scholarship and
House's higher education budget financial aid money comes afterthe
and Granholm's recommendations Michigan Promise Scholarship has
originally called for the same level cut during last year's budget nego-
of funding as the currentfiscal year, tiations. Based on a high school
while the state Senate's earlier ver- merit exam, the Michigan Prom-
sion called for areductionof3.1per- ise Scholarship, previously award-
cent. ed between $400 and $5,000 to
Though these cuts may seem 96,000 Michigan students, includ-
drastic, Warren wrote in the e-mail ing 6,096 University students. The
that the state of Michigan finds scholarship program cost the state
itself in a better position than most about $100 million.
others. Yesterday, the higher educa-
"Michigan is unique compared tion budget passed 31-6 in the
to other states in that we have Republican-controlled state Senate,
enduredbudget shortfalls for many while the state House, which has a
consecutive years, and therefore Democratic majority, approved the
have already made many of the budget by 61-43, according to The
painful budget cuts that other states Associated Press.
are just starting to confront," War- A "boiler plate" issue, as Bauer
reo wrote, put it, was whether or notcuniversi-
rBut State Rep. Joan Bauer (D- ties should be forced to reporttheir
Lansing), chair of the Higher Edu- embryonic stem cell research to the
cation Appropriations Committee, state. As part of the higher educa-
said in an interview with The tion budget, state universities won't
Michigan Daily Tuesday night that be required to report the informa-
she is disappointed in the decrease tion.
in funding for state universities. "We did not feel it belongs in the
"I'm not happy with this budget higher education bill," Bauer said.
because I think we should be put- "It did hold us up for a while. (The
ting money into education, not cut- House and Senate) had very differ-
ting it," Bauersaid. entopinions on that:'
When the state reduces higher The state legislature has already
education funding, Bauer said it approved the majority of the state's
directly impacts students. budgets, though several - includ-
"Every time we cut more from ing the transportation and human
the state budget, (universities) services budgets - need to be
either have to cut more programs approved before the Oct.15deadline,
or raise tuition to try to keep quality according tothe AP.

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